The Importance of Reading Over the Summer Months
Summer officially starts June 21st and the lazy days of summer are upon us. But as parents we don’t want our children to fall behind in their reading skills. According to Ron Fairchild, Founding CEO of the National Summer Learning Association states that “Kids who don’t have educationally rich summers will be nearly three years behind their peers by the time they reach the end of fifth grade… Much like we would expect an athlete or a musician’s performance to suffer if they don’t practice regularly, the same thing is true for young people when it comes to reading performance.” (Source: readingrockets.org).
A number of studies have shown that reading over the summer can prevent “summer reading loss.” You can imagine that this loss is cumulative in that they don’t catch up in the fall because their classmates are already moving ahead with their reading studies. Students who continue to read over the summer will maintain and strenghten their skills – much like an athlete – and be ready to start school in the fall with a strong foundation of reading skills.
The Reading Rockets
Researching this topic on the importance of summer reading, I came across a wonderful organization called The Reading Rockets. They are a national multimedia literacy initiative offering information and resources on how kids learn to read, why so many struggle and how parents and educators can help. According to the National Institutes of Health, one in five children have serious difficulties learning how to read. The Reading Rockets mission is to help these children and provide free, evidence-based information through their three major services: PBS television programs, online services, and professional development opportunities. (Source:www.readingrockets.org/about/). You will be impressed with the amount of resources available for busy parents on this site! Go here to read more:
The iMums Let’s Talk Book Event
Another great opportunity to learn more about how to encourage your children to read over the summer is the upcoming Let’s Talk Book Event that The iMums are hosting from June 23rd through the 30th. This group of four women have one of the best App Review sites around and provide such great content and giveaways you will definitely want to check out their website.
At the Let’s Talk Book Event there will many fun activities, giveaways, featured books, apps and authors during the event. I will be the guest author on June 24th at 7pm CST and will be handing out goodies from Captain Funny Bones Treasure Chest including an original watercolor of Penelope from Paul Johnson, the illustrator of the Penelope series, signed copies of the book and some promo codes. So come join us while we celebrate the joy of reading and children’s books this week.
The Reading Rockets – www.readingrockets.org